The Elementary Good Work Toolkit
The Elementary Toolkit is a work in progress.
To access our most updated draft, click here!
Despite the versatility of the Good Work Toolkit, one space to which it was not immediately adaptable was the elementary classroom. The Good Work Toolkit was initially designed with high school students in mind, and although older students and professionals were able to readily repurpose and use the materials, it was less accessible for a younger audience.
At the annual Project Zero Summer Institutes, elementary school teachers frequently asked if we had materials for their students. We realized the need to adapt the Toolkit for a younger audience, as the message of carrying out responsible, high quality, and honest work is one that is important at any age. The sooner students begin to appreciate ethics, excellence, and engagement as workers and citizens, the more powerful their understanding will be.
To develop the Elementary GoodWork Toolkit, we began by revising the narratives and activities in the Toolkit, altering word choices and ideas for younger students. We then connected with Amy Maturin, a first and second grade teacher at Unity Charter School in New Jersey, who was familiar with the GoodWork Project and shared our passion for creating a tool for younger children.
Amy developed a set of lesson plans, starting with introductory lessons on each “E,” and subsequently moving on to word mapping lessons and narrative writing lessons that culminated the year. Her 7 and 8 year old students’ understandings of the concepts were remarkable, retaining information over the school year and applying it to other subjects and relationships.
If you are using this toolkit, we’d like to hear about it! Please contact us (or email firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any feedback, ideas, concerns, or questions about the Elementary Good Work Toolkit or any of our other projects, resources, and materials.